SUNDERLAND have sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio.
Di Canio leaves just five games into the new season, with the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League.
Kevin Ball, the Under-21 coach, has taken temporary charge.
A statement read: “Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with Head Coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.
“Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough United and an announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor.
“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future.”